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Posted by Tim :: Family News

Wayne can finally hear!

Yesterday we finally got a hearing aid for Wayne. As soon as we left the building Wayne said “I hear birds.” I almost started to cry- he has never mentioned hearing things like that before. When we got home it was very obvious that Wayne could hear more. He even complained that things were too loud and was reacting to things he never had before- like the microwave oven beeper. (The hearing amplifies all sound, so he will need to get used to tuning out sounds he doesn’t need to listen too).

The whole story goes back to last summer after the doctor and audiologist kept encouraging us to get another hearing aid for Wayne. We had one when he was younger, but we never noticed much of a difference when he wore it and then the hearing aid started to not work correctly and then, unfortunately, it was lost. That was almost 2 years ago. (Wayne only needs one hearing aid because the hearing in his right ear is so bad a hearing aid would not do any good. His left ear has what they call "cookie bite" hearing loss.)

Well, the new hearing aid that they wanted us to get was a digital and they are much more expensive than the other one he had. We were not able to cover the cost (and insurance doesn’t cover hearing aids). So that began my long search for financial aid that could help us. I found several on the internet, and after writing to them I heard back from a couple of organizations.
One we were not eligible for because we did not meet their income guidelines. The other one, called the HIKE (Hearing Impaired Kid’s Endowment) Fund (http://www.thehikefund.org/), was through the International Order of Job’s Daughters and is affiliated with the Masons. We filled out their forms and got the required references and then waited for a response. This was in May 2005.
I had been told it could take up to 6 months to get a response. However, in July we received a letter stating we had been awarded the money for Wayne’s hearing aid! I was elated! The check was delivered in person a couple of months later (September 2005).

Next, we needed to get Wayne’s hearing tested and the doctor to check his ears. I thought this would all happen quickly last October, but that was not to be. First Wayne had to have a surgery to remove an ear tube that had been put in 2.5 years earlier. Then every time we went in for the test, his ear had some complication (time to heal, bad cold, ect...). So we continued to wait.
Then we had to change doctors, and the new doc recommended that Wayne needed to have tubes put back into his ears because of a build up of fluid behind his ear drum. That surgery was 2 weeks ago and his ears are now doing great. Whew!

So, yesterday the day finally came when we were able to get his new hearing aid and see if it really would make a difference. I was hopeful, yet a little hesitant since his last one didn’t work very well. We are all super encouraged to see that Wayne can hear better, and hopeful that this will make a difference in his speaking and learning.

God has done a wonderful thing in Wayne’s life and we trust He has more planned for him.

Check out Wayne's birthday pics!


Comments

That's awesome Tim. I teared up just reading about it.

Posted by: Different Dan at April 10, 2006 06:33 PM

Tim and Kristen, I'm so glad to hear about Wayne's hearing! That is so cool. He brings joy to me whenever I see him because he seems to be so joyful and cheerful in spite of all the medical problem's he's had. You guys and your family are really a blessing to a lot of people.

Posted by: Amy at April 10, 2006 06:52 PM

That is excellent news! Im really glad to see God come through for you guys like this!

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Posted by: TJ Lyttle at April 10, 2006 07:33 PM

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!! that is sweet.

Posted by: Matt Heerema at April 10, 2006 09:14 PM

To give credit where it's due... Kristen wrote this particular blog. She's awesome!

Posted by: Tim at April 10, 2006 10:38 PM

That is so amazing! He was experiencing things for the first time! Praise God! Wayne is such a little trooper, and an absolute delight! Thanks for this encouraging story!
~Holly

Posted by: Holly at April 10, 2006 11:24 PM

whoopeee! now he will be able to hear me when I tell him to stop beating me up.

Posted by: paul at April 11, 2006 11:47 AM
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